"I wanted to make sure that this be the first scientific and technology revolution in history in which the public thoroughly discussed all the potential benefits and all the potential harms, in advance of the technology coming online and running its course."
"It has become appallingly obvious that our technology has exceeded our humanity."Jeremy Rifkin on Albert Einstein
"The typewriting machine, when played with expression, is no more annoying than the piano when played by a sister or near relation."Jeremy Rifkin on Oscar Wilde
"Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic."Jeremy Rifkin on Arthur C. Clarke
"The world is very different now. For man holds in his mortal hands the power to abolish all forms of human poverty, and all forms of human life."Jeremy Rifkin on John F. Kennedy
"I am sorry to say that there is too much point to the wisecrack that life is extinct on other planets because their scientists were more advanced than ours."Jeremy Rifkin on John F. Kennedy
"We now have an opportunity, though, to do something we didn't do in the industrial age, and that is to get a leg up on this, to bring the public in quickly, to have an informed debate."
"We were making the first step out of the age of chemistry and physics, and into the age of biology."
"In this country, the health concerns and the environmental concerns are as deep as in Europe. All the surveys show that. But here, we didn't have the cultural dimension. This is a fast-food culture."
"The position I took at the time was that we hadn't really examined any of the potential environmental consequences of introducing genetically modified organisms."
"The interesting thing is, while we die of diseases of affluence from eating all these fatty meats, our poor brethren in the developing world die of diseases of poverty, because the land is not used now to grow food grain for their families."